Digital innovation is creating new opportunities to transform the organisation and delivery of health care and public health interventions. In addition, as it becomes clear that digital technologies are already reshaping the way we live and work, major effects on people’s health and wellbeing can be expected. New digital applications are also playing an important role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, including through providing services via remote access and tackling the spread of the outbreak through tracing technologies.
In line with new European Commission’s (EC) political priorities and as part of its strategy “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future”, the EC has made new proposals to boost digital innovation and put forward a European Strategy for Data and a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Both of these initiatives are currently open for public consultation until the 31st of May. Seizing the opportunity, EuroHealthNet is organising an online discussion for our members to exchange on their expectations and concerns regarding the use of new digital technologies in public health, with a particular focus on data and AI systems and their use in tackling the current health emergency as well as other societal challenges.
This meeting will allow members to share their experiences and learn from each other. At the same time, it will also help EuroHealthNet to gather feedback to feed into the public consultations and to suggest next steps we can take to support your work in these fields.
- Introduction by Chair (Clive Needle, Senior Advisor EuroHealthNet)
- Presentations – 20 minutes
- Dr Robbert van Bokhoven, Strategic advisor, PHAROS, The Netherlands
- Dr Mauro Grigioni, Director of National centre Innovative Technologies in Public Health Italian Public Health Institute, Italy
- Mr. Antti Tuomi-Nikula, Development Manager, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare,Finland
- Prof. Miguel Telo de Arriaga, Head of the Division of Literacy, Health and Well-being, Directorate-General of Health, Portugal
- Moderated discussion amongst all participants – 30 minutes.
- Conclusion (Clive Needle)